Idaho pair wounded in police shooting arraigned on Oregon charges

Two Idaho fugitives shot and wounded by police on an east Medford street after allegedly using a stolen car to ram an occupied police vehicle were arraigned today in Medford on local charges.

Wayne Eugene Pearson, 29, and Shavon Ruth Willard, 32, were each arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on a suite of charges stemming from the March 6 encounter with Medford police on Hilton Road near Poplar Avenue.

Monday's arraignment, which was filed as a District Attorney's information stating prosecutors' intent to seek an indictment stemming from this case, opens the door for a Jackson County grand jury to consider the case later this week, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

The information charged Pearson with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of attempted first-degree assault and single counts of attempting to elude a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

Willard was arraigned on charges of possession of methamphetamine and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Barnack set Pearson's bail at $1 million and Willard's bail at $25,000 on the local charges and set an April 7 preliminary hearing.

The pair remain in the Jackson County Jail, with Willard's bail now totalling $280,000 and Pearson held on a no-bail fugitive warrant out of Idaho.

— Mark Freeman


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